When Damian Lillard hit a crazy buzzer-beater on Saturday night to take out the Chicago Bulls, he joined an elite group of ex-NBA players.
First, he made a ridiculous deep three-pointer with 8.9 point seconds on the clock, then the Blazers forced a jump ball from the inbounds. There was a scramble from the jump ball, and Robert Covington managed to flick the ball to Dame with a few seconds on the clock, and he hit an amazing three-pointer over Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen as the buzzer expired.
This was Lillard’s third walk-off buzzer-beater to win a game, and the second where he had 40 points and a buzzer-beater.
Marc Stein of the New York Times, shared an incredible stat the next morning after the buzzer-beater. Lillard has now joined just three other players in NBA History, who have two 40-point games that include buzzer-beating game-winners.
Lillard has established himself as one of the most clutch players in not just the league today, but in NBA History. When you include his two walk-off buzzer-beaters against the Houston Rockets in 2014, and his epic wave goodbye shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019, he has some of the most iconic moments in league history.
At 30, Lillard is now starting to accomplish things to put himself amongst the greats of the game. His six points in nine seconds last night, is just another one of these amazing moments.